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The Most Beautiful Patio Ideas for Your Backyard

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Kathy and Art in the Timbers Subdivision in Parker, Colorado, wanted a unique patio that was very colorful. Art and Kathy showed us some photographs they found on the internet of multi-colored patios in grays. But said they wanted something even more colorful than what they were able to find.

In discussing the project, we decided that a large random flagstone pattern would be ideal to suit the rustic nature of the Pinery Area. We also discussed perimeter and cross-section bands that could compliment a future Trex Sun Deck that, we were planning on installing for them. This Trex Deck will also be featured below.

We started this patio renovation by laying out the large flagstone pattern and cutting the patio up into large stones and providing stone finished bands and borders throughout the patio. We then masked off the stone with a fiberglass stenciling tape and applied Micro-topping, which is a polymer, sand and cement that we tinted in various colors. To give the project a real stone look, we textured the stones to look like flaking flagstone. We then used an antiquing stain to create graining and veining throughout the stone finish in different directions to achieve a real stone look.

To additionally create an individual stone look, we grouted the stones so that each stone would look like it was placed separately from all the others. The results were awesome and Art and Kathy couldn’t be happier about their new patio. See our reviews section to see their comments.

 

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We also installed a Trex Deck for Art and Linda. Selecting complimenting colors and design to go with their new patio. Art and Kathy will have summers of fun with friends and family on their new patios! They have asked us to now design them an outdoor kitchen for their new patios that we are very much looking forward to and will share with you when it is done!

 

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Article and Architectural Designer

Daniel Yalacki CEO/President

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Concrete Dye and Staining With Surfkoat Products

How to Create an Entryway that Pops!

Concrete dye and staining is an art all on its own. On this particular project, which was a stamped concrete entry and walkway, color and a non-slip surface were the clients two main concerns. We will discuss both concerns in this article, beginning with the color selection process which is always the main consideration.

This client had a very unique color on their doors and trim that they wanted to compliment with the color of their walkway and entryway. So they selected three colors to sample on the walkway, Saddle Brown, Caramel and Chocolate in a Surfkoat Exterior Dye. In the second photograph of the walkway, you can see these three colors in varying color density from lite to dark or full strength to reduced strength in color.

We selected Surfkoat Exterior Dye for this project because it is a solvent based concrete dye that is extremely versatile, highly durable and has extraordinary adhesion and UV resistance properties for consistent longevity in exterior use applications.

Its versatility is primarily found in its ratio flexibility, as you can add as much dye or as little dye as you like to adjust how dark or how lite you want the application to be. Of course, the less dye you have will make the color more translucent and lighter in color. This also permits the original color of the concrete you are applying the dye on to have a greater impact on the final color which can be also be very interesting.

Thus, we always want to experiment first with samples to find the perfect look for our clients’ project! It starts with determining the ideal product we want to use. In this case, we had existing stamped concrete which we want to enhance, not hide. So we chose to use the Surfkoat dye which has great translucent properties with extremely flexible ratio strength coloring. It is also a concrete dye which makes it pretty much permanent. This was also an exterior application so using a system that has great adhesion, UV resistance and high traffic resistance made Surfkoat Exterior Dye the perfect choice. This project turned out great! Quoting the Client’s text after she come home and saw the final project she wrote, “Looks amazing”.

They selected Chocolate as their color. It goes perfectly with the doors and trim as you can see from the photographs above! Chocolate, on this particular project, brought out the slight orange and red found in the color on the doors and trim. Another successful project! But like I always say, this is art and as such, taking the time to get the right color combination is essential to any projects success and to have a very happy client!

Now I will briefly discuss the proper application for acquiring a fairly slip-free surface. We have been using Surfkoat Deco Guard for years here at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC because it is the best sealer we have found in our 40 years in business in Denver Colorado. This product is a Siloxane Modified Methyl Methacrylate Acrylic Sealer. We have received consistent product durability and longevity from this application.

The Siloxane additive provides huge salt and moisture resistance and the methyl methacrylate is highly UV resistant and is fairly slip free as our customers commonly rave about. Truly the best sealer on the market today! And you won’t be disappointed in the price either! We highly recommend and invariably apply this application to all of our projects. When you want to please your clients use the best use SurfKoat!

 

Article was written by:

Daniel L. Yalacki

CEO/President of Concrete Restoration Systems

by Malibu Pools LLC

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Cracked Concrete Renovation Ideas

One of the most common questions we are asked is if cracked concrete can be repaired. The industry’s answer is yes, but with disclaimers. Typically, concrete is about 4 inches thick and often is reinforced with steel. If 4 inches of steel-reinforced concrete can crack, there’s a pretty good chance that anything you place on top of it will crack as well. It’s called mirroring when the crack resurfaces as the underlying crack continues to move.

Using epoxy injections to weld the two slabs back together is fairly successful, but you can still see the epoxy repair. Contractors will often cover the repairs using Micro-toppings a polymer, sand and cement application applied in the desired color. Micro-toppings are extremely versatile to include stone and textured finish in an endless array of colors and stains.

There is also Quartz/Epoxy Systems that are far more durable made from the 4th hardest mineral below diamonds. Quartz/Epoxy injections are made with an epoxy base. Combining epoxy injection and Quartz/Epoxy finish makes for a durable surface.

Another popular re-surfacing system is Grind, Stain, and Seal. These are exceptionally beautiful applications that use the characteristics of your existing concrete along with the natural mottling of the stains to make a unique and beautiful work of art. This application does not require a topical application other than the stain and sealer. Most clients like its look even if there are some cracks showing. It looks a little more rustic and in Colorado, that is usually a good thing!

You might be thinking, “hold on, didn’t you say that with Epoxy injection, the cracks could mirror back through the re-surfacing application?” There is always that possibility, but not always. You might also be thinking, “well, then what can I do?” To properly answer that question, we need to review why the crack could potentially come back which requires a little more knowledge about concrete itself.

Beyond the concrete’s PSI (how many sacks of cement is in each yard of concrete) it’s important to know what type of steel was used to mesh or re-bar. It’s also important to know the size of the aggregate that was used to make the concrete. However, the most important deterrent to avoid cracks is the control joints. You might also ask, “what are control joints?”

As a kid, you may remember skipping down the sidewalk and jumping over the cracks to avoid breaking your Mother’s back. These cracks are control joints. In a walkway, they are spaced about every 4 feet. In large concrete areas such as patios and driveways, they have a maximum spacing of 10 feet. If you have a greater than 10′ x 10′ slab or no control joints at all, you will get cracks.

Injecting them with Epoxy will help weld the slabs back together. If you don’t have control joints, these cracks will invariably mirror back into the slab. So once you inject the Epoxy, it’s best to create control joints near the repair or better yet, in the repair. This is accomplished by using a small right angle grinder and a diamond crack chasing blade. It is a “V” shaped blade that creates joints that look like the joints on your driveways and walkways.

Here at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC, we use the disadvantages of concrete slabs to our advantage. Take this residential patio below that was about 30 feet by 30 feet wide and had no control joints. If you look closely, you can see cracks running in every direction. To fix this, we used a right angle grinder and a diamond crack chaser and started with the existing cracks opening them up to create a joint. We then craved a flagstone pattern off those main cracks creating a unique stone pattern.

We then injected the epoxy into the cracks or joints to weld the slabs back together. You could use any of the applications described above, but for this patio, we chose Grind, Stain and Seal application with a smokey beige stain. We then stained all of the joints with a midnight black exterior concrete dye and it made an incredible difference. You can’t even tell where the original cracks were. If there is any future movement, it will be in those control joints and undetectable.

“It’s not just concrete renovation, it is art!”

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Concrete Acid Stain Companies – The best option for a great look (and for your health)

How Stained Concrete Creates a Lasting Impression

 

Concrete acid staining has become popular and a trend of today’s house alternative flooring market. Many homeowners have concrete stained their floors, making it into their dream home. The question is whether it’s more cost-efficient to do the project yourself or to hire a professional. It all depends on how much experience you have to do it yourself and the cost of the supplies. Professionals that specialize in acid concrete staining have all the tools and experience to get the job done right, but it may be more cost-efficient without a professional if the homeowner knows what they are doing.

There is a lot of work and tools that go into staining concrete, not to mention that once it is done, it is done. There is no going back except paying more to have it ground down. Any homeowner should really think about the cost to them of staining concrete themselves and the extra cost if they mess up. In addition, some acid staining tools such as rollers, squeegees, and acid sprays not only require professional experience to do right but can also be harmful to the homeowner’s home if done incorrectly. If the homeowner has the budget for all of the chemicals and tools, they should also plan a budget of the cost to fix anything that they don’t have the knowledge to fix.

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To perform a rustic acid-washed stain on concrete flooring, the estimated cost is around $0.30 per square foot for DIY homeowners. This is inexpensive, but what is more worth it – taking the chance of doing it yourself and potentially paying up to a thousand dollars for a professional to fix it, or letting a professional handle it from the beginning?

Because there are so many chemicals involved in concrete acid staining, it is so vital to make sure the acidic liquid does not come in contact with anything it should not be touching (i.e. furniture, walls, floors than being damaged from the acid). This could simply cost any homeowner thousands of dollars in damage that they could have spent on a professional to do it correctly. When in doubt, it is always best to seek a professional, like Concrete Restoration Systems, who has years of experience in the industry and knows exactly what they are doing to do the best job. One of the most harmful effects to a home from acid staining is all of the chemicals being exposed in the home. This can be dangerous to the health of anyone just by breathing it in and especially for pets due to the aftereffect of chemicals roaming around the home.

Figuring out the best way to stain concrete both efficiently and financially will require a lot of research and professional help, but it’s doable and affordable in the end if done right. It’s important to know what you want and the cost of it. Widely known in Denver, Concrete Restoration Systems has served hundreds of people around the Denver Metro area and has a history of perfection and low prices with outstanding reviews. With nearly 40 years of experience, owner Dan Yalacki will make sure all needs are taken care of.

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